Book list swap
Books are important to me in the same sort of way breathing is.
When I leave the library with a bulging bag of books (from the adult stacks) chafing into my shoulder I get that giddy, new-love flutter in my chest. Like, I can’t wait to get you all home and read you, my darlings. Other times, limping out of the library feels like leaving the liquor store with a sack of forties and I just want to get to the alleyway, crack a book, and numb my own mental wiring. Still other times, books are teachers; in this past year I’ve learned from books how to make apple cider vinegar and ricotta cheese, and from this book, to question all my previously held parenting philosophies.
So far, my kids are following in my footsteps, insisting on gripping their latest, selected books in their hands as we drive home from the library. For them reading is pure magic, and I love to be the wizard, translating pages of text into lively stories.
So, let’s swap book lists.
I just finished and loved The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Before that I was completely captivated by Room, by Emma Donaghue. And now I’m reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter, about the urban homestead she created on an abandoned lot in the rough, concrete jungle of Oakland, California; the book’s main characters are chickens, turkeys, and her unsuspecting neighbors who find themselves invested in Carpenter’s little plot bursting with life.
Col is currently enamored with Farmer Boy, the 3rd book in the Little House on the Prairie series, and Rose is pretty thrilled whenever she can snuggle up to a large, book-wielding person on the couch. She’s particularly taken with Curious George goes to the Hospital right now.
What are you and your brood reading right now?